2023 2023: Arpita Joardar named U.S. Fulbright Scholar

2023 2023: Arpita Joardar named U.S. Fulbright Scholar
Arpita Joardar named U.S. Fulbright Scholar

Associate Professor of Management & Marketing will teach in India during the spring 2024 semester

Associate Professor of management & marketing Arpita Joardar

The Fulbright Program recently announced that Charlton College of Business Associate Professor of Management & Marketing, Arpita Joardar, PhD, has received a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to teach in India for the spring semester of 2024.

"I feel extremely fortunate to receive this not just for the prestige associated with the award, but also for the amazing learning opportunity it provides," said Joardar.

"This is an opportunity to help me grow personally and professionally. Personally, this grants me the opportunity to spend an extended period of time in India, which I've not been able to do in a very long time and, beyond that, the opportunity to see a new part of India. Professionally, I'm excited to learn from and collaborate with my peers and other scholars in India."

Joardar is hoping to teach international management at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, a decision the Fulbright Program will confirm in the months ahead of her trip. This will follow a separate stint as a visiting faculty member in France during the winter session of 2023-2024. Joardar will return to UMass Dartmouth in the fall of 2024.

"IIM Indore is a highly prestigious institute, one of the very few business schools in India to achieve international triple-accreditation from the AACSB (U.S.), AMBA (U.K.), and EQUIS (E.U.)," said Joardar. "They are interested in international partnerships, but their curriculum currently lacks international courses like the ones I teach. I see myself as a good fit for their needs and think it's a great opportunity for both me and the university."

Joardar, who joined UMass Dartmouth in 2016, has taught subjects such as Organization Behavior, International Management, Managing Across Cultures, and Managing Organizational Change at undergraduate and graduate levels at UMass Dartmouth.

"I see my role as a mentor and a facilitator. I believe in using a lot of interactive teaching techniques and experiential learning. My overall teaching philosophy is that it's important to engage students so that they can assimilate what we are trying to communicate to them."

Joardar is highly appreciative of the help she's received to make this experience possible, notably from former Management & Marketing Department Chair Cathy Curran, current Chair Jose Mora, Charlton Dean John Williams, faculty in other departments of the university who took time to guide her through the Fulbright process, and the support of her son and husband.

"I speak for all of us in the Charlton College of Business as we celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of Dr. Arpita Joardar as she is awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for spring 2024," said Dean Williams. "It is particularly noteworthy that she will have an extraordinary opportunity to share her expertise and collaborate with renowned scholars in advancing curriculum."

About the Fulbright Program

Fulbright Scholars engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad.

As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Notable Fulbright alumni include 62 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, 78 MacArthur Fellows, and 41 who have served as a head of state or government. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit https://fulbrightprogram.org.